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    Default Denaby Main colliery - Joseph Henry Straw

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    My husbands great uncle - brother to my husbands grandad, Joseph Henry Straw, on his gravestone it says he was killed accidently in Denaby Main Coillery on Sept 2 1959 he was 46 years old, I cannot find any more information on this anywhere, I had a look on coalmining history rescource centre but cannot find any mention of it and various other sites but no mention of what happened. I have spoken to my husbands parents who are now in their 70's and they can't really remember much, except that he died down in the mine because they couldn't get him out!

    Any suggestions would be welcome - thanks

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    hi notanotherminer

    Thanks for looking, my family member is Joseph Henry Straw not Shaw, it gets confusing cos we have Shaw's in the family as well, when we went over to the UK last year I took a photo of the gravestone, I cannot seem to attach it to here, otherwise I would have shown you and my mistake he was 45 not 46, if anyone knows how to attach photos to these then I will happily put it on here. When I click on the picture icon above it says to put in the url address? The pic is in my photos library on the computer.

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    http://s399.photobucket.com/albums/pp76/zane_023/Joseph%20henry%20Straw/[/IMG] Well hopefully this is the correct picture , thanks for helping

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    No the link doesn't seem to work modern technology will keep trying...!

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    http://s399.photobucket.com/albums/pp76/zane_023/ ha ha but this one does I think :P

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    Hi zane

    It might be worth searching out reports in local newspapers. The Doncaster Chronicle and the South Yorkshire Times both cover the appropriate date: Doncaster Local Studies Library have them on microfilm. They will do research for you (but do not state what their fees are):

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    Maybe there's a Brit-Gen member who lives nearby and would pop in for you do do a look-up? As you have an exact date of death this shouldn't be too arduous a task.

    Another possibility is to try the 'Contact us' option on the Conisbrough and Denaby Main Local History website:

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    Quote Originally Posted by zane View Post
    http://s399.photobucket.com/albums/pp76/zane_023/ ha ha but this one does I think :P
    Here's another way to do it...

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    Hi again

    Thanks Coromandel, I contacted the Conisbrough site you reccomended, he must have been on the computer cos he emailed me back straight away and said that Joesph died "by fall of roof in goaf" and he would get back to me in the next couple of weeks with more details thanks to all others for their help as well

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    Default Have documentation on J.H.Straw accident

    I have original documentation on J.H.Straw accident report from the coal mine with additional information in it. I can mail you the information if you give us an address to mail it to or send me a private message and I can send you my phone number.

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    Default Information on Joseph H. Straw

    Quote Originally Posted by zane View Post
    Hi Everyone

    My husbands great uncle - brother to my husbands grandad, Joseph Henry Straw, on his gravestone it says he was killed accidently in Denaby Main Coillery on Sept 2 1959 he was 46 years old, I cannot find any more information on this anywhere, I had a look on coalmining history rescource centre but cannot find any mention of it and various other sites but no mention of what happened. I have spoken to my husbands parents who are now in their 70's and they can't really remember much, except that he died down in the mine because they couldn't get him out!

    Any suggestions would be welcome - thanks
    I am from Denaby Main. I live in the United States now. My father worked with Mr. Straw in the colliery on a different seam. When the colliery was closed, the accident and death reports were being thrown away. I wanted them for the history and because I felt the dead should be better respected. There were three witnesses to Mr. Straw's death. The roof fell on him and he was still alive. He died after the roof fell on him again. The witnesses wrote their accountings of the accident. They were D. Venables, K. Booth, and E. Hackett. His body was removed from the mine and the Dr. pronounced him dead. I would be glad to send you copies of the reports. There are seven pages in all. This might help you get closer.

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